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Barry Willis  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

John Frankenheimer, director of <I>The Manchurian Candidate</I> and <I>Birdman of Alcatraz</I>, died Saturday, July 6, of a stroke following spinal surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 72.

Jon Iverson  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Echostar Communications</A> has been planning to merge its popular Ku-band TV satellite service with Ka-band spectra that could add two-way broadbrand and interactive satellite Internet services, just like its competitors DirecTV and <A HREF="">DirecPC</A>have done. Operating on the 17.7 GHz, 21.2 GHz, 27.5 GHz and 31 GHz spectra, the KA-band slots would enable EchoStar's satellite to cover large areas with broadband service.

Jon Iverson  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

They say a rising tide lifts all boats. It appears that the popularity of the DVD format is having a tremendous impact on sales of home theater components, according to the latest sales figures released by <A HREF="">NPDTechworld</A>.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay. Directed by David Mamet. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 109 minutes. 1999. Warner Video 21321. R. $24.98.</I>

 |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Large electronics makers are in a fierce battle to dominate the emerging market for digital television sets. Tactics include better features and bigger screens at unprecedented prices.

Jon Iverson  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="">High Definition Multimedia Interface</A> (HDMI) organization announced last week that the draft specification version 0.9 defining <A HREF="">HDMI digital interface</A> for consumer electronics is now available for review at the organization's <A HREF="">Website</A>. The HDMI members include Hitachi, Matsushita (Panasonic), Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson Multimedia, and Toshiba.

Barry Willis  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Chalk up another one for the big guys. A San Antonio, TX judge has dismissed price-fixing <A HREF="">charges</A> brought by independent video dealers against video retail giant Blockbuster, Inc. and several Hollywood studios.

HT Staff  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments
Epson is making a bold foray into the home theater market. On June 28, the venerable printer maker debuted its "first-ever home theater" video projector. Epson has long made projectors for the business presentation market, and the move into home theater was a natural progression, according to company marketing executives.
Barry Willis  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Lucasfilm Ltd.'s THX division has been spun off as an independent company, according to an end of June announcement.

Jon Iverson  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

The future for high definition digital video connection technology remains cloudy, so having a few choices is a plus. <A HREF="">VividLogic</A>, which specializes in creating software for IEEE 1394 (Firewire, iLink) enabled consumer electronics products, announced last week that it has struck a deal with <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications</A> to deploy VividLogic's "FireBus" software to provide digital connectivity and interoperability in a future, next generation HDTV-compatible set-top box (STB).

HT Staff  |  Jun 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Snohomish, WA –based Sunfire Corporation has introduced the third generation in its Theater Grand line of home theater processors. The new Theater Grand III offers all current surround processing schemes, including full 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX. It also offers "the world’s easiest upgrade path," according to a June press release.
HT Staff  |  Jun 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Panasonic is getting serious about DVD recorders. Early this summer, the company announced its third generation DVD-recorder. Available in August, the DMR-E30 will arrive at dealers with a new low price, only $799.95.
 |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

As promised <A HREF="">last April</A>, Discovery Communications launched their new 24-hour 1080i high definition television (HDTV) network, called Discovery HD Theater, last week. The network has been launched on HD platforms recently rolled out by EchoStar Communications on its Dish Network satellite TV service nationwide, AT&T Broadband's greater Chicago market (where plans are set to launch HDTV service later this summer), and in numerous other markets serviced by cable providers Charter and Cox.

HT Staff  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments
Speaker stands are one of those things you just don't think much about---until you need them. Once you do, finding the right ones for your speakers and your room can be a time-consuming chore. Too often, those that are available look like they would be more at home in an auto repair shop.
Hilary Lynch  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack. Directed by Iain Softley. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 121 minutes. 2001. Universal 21553. PG-13. $26.98.</I>